IN-PERSON: Rinker Buck - "Life on the Mississippi"

Event date: 
05/17/2023 - 7:00pm

Rinker Buck, author of The Oregon Trail, joins us to celebrate the paperback release of his 2022 book, Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure .

This is a ticketed event. Your $5 ticket can be put towards a purchase of the book at the event. Alternatively, you can add a purchase of the book to your order and receive a free ticket. Either way, buy tickets through the link below (fees apply) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (no fees). 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “Audacious…Life on the Mississippi sparkles.” —The Wall Street Journal * “A rich mix of history, reporting, and personal introspection.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch * “Both a travelogue and an engaging history lesson about America’s westward expansion.” —The Christian Science Monitor

The eagerly awaited return of master American storyteller Rinker Buck, Life on the Mississippi is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand “flatboat era” of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier.

A modern-day Huck Finn, Buck casts off down the river on the flatboat Patience accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Over the course of his voyage, Buck steers his fragile wooden craft through narrow channels dominated by massive cargo barges, rescues his first mate gone overboard, sails blindly through fog, breaks his ribs not once but twice, and camps every night on sandbars, remote islands, and steep levees. As he charts his own journey, he also delivers a richly satisfying work of history that brings to life a lost era.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rinker Buck began his career in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle and was a longtime staff writer for the Hartford Courant. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Life, and many other publications, and his work has won the PEN New England Award, the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Oregon Trail, Flight of Passage, and First Job.

He lives in Pennsylvania.

 

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure By Rinker Buck Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501106385
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 16th, 2023

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714